We regularly collect children’s views on various issues to inform our work
We include children's voices and perspective in our work, and give them the chance to have a say on government policy and decisions
This section includes views and voices of children from our engagement with them. We include children's voices and perspective in our work, and help them to have a say on government policy and decisions.
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In late 2017, we asked children and young people for their views on education to inform the National Statement of Education and Learning Priorities.
Previous work on education
We have undertaken several consultations with children on their experiences of living in poverty and their views on solutions to child poverty.
Included in these are sub-topics of “housing”, “education”, “health”, “recreation activities”, “drugs and alcohol”, “parents and family”, “income and resources”, “community”.
We have a role to monitor Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children. In doing this, we talk to children and young people in state care about their experiences, concerns, hopes and expectations.
Included in this feedback are sub-topics of “transitions from care”, “expectations”, “social worker”, “voice in decision-making”, “parents and family”, “advocates”.
The views from children and young people in care are included in:
We carried out consultations with children and young people around issues and solutions for vulnerable children, particularly around the release of the Government's Green Paper on Vulnerable Children in 2011.
Included are sub-topics of “a good childhood”, “being fair”, “government’s role”, “drugs and alcohol”, “parents and family”, “schools”, “community”.
We talked to 300 children and young people from around New Zealand to get their views on the Green Paper. We met with children and young people from eight Child, Youth and Family residences, four primary schools and a number of youth groups.
Here is a visual summary of what they told us: